Prince William is starting St. Patrick's Day celebrations early

By Stephanie Petit
March 16, 2019 06:07 PM
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Cheers to the weekend, Prince William!

The royal dad, 36, had all the makings of a perfect Saturday, heading to officially open Brains Brewery before attending the Wales vs. Ireland Six Nations Match at Principality Stadium in Wales.

Established in 1882, Brains is Wales’ biggest brewer and the official ale partner of the Welsh Rugby Union, of which William is a patron. During the trip, the Queen’s grandson was given a tour of their new Dragon Brewery, met production operatives, fillled a nine-gallon cask of beer and learned about the brewery’s latest developments.

William also met with apprentices from a program that aims to help people out of long-term unemployment by training them as chefs in Brains pubs.

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During his visit, the royal even had time to pour himself his own pint!

“I shan’t neck the whole lot,” he joked with the crowd after taking a sip, according to the Daily Mail.

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The prince then headed to the stadium for the Six Nations match, which was won by Wales.

Following the team’s big win, William presented captain Captain Alun Wyn Jones with the Championship trophy.

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Prince William and wife Kate Middleton recently showed off their bartending skills during a visit to Northern Ireland. The couple took turns pouring the perfect pint of Harp Lager — an Irish staple — at the Empire Music Hall in Belfast.

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William will likely enjoy another beer tomorrow, when he and Kate visit the 1st Battalion Irish Guards at their annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The duo traditionally toasts with a glass of Guinness.

Prince William and Kate Middleton celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in 2017
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Kate, 37, skipped the tradition last year when she was pregnant with Prince Louis, 10 months. Instead, William sipped the Irish drink while she stuck to a cup of water.

Kensington Palace went on to share that William’s brother Prince Harry would attend the Mountbatten Festival of Music, which showcases the Royal Marine Band Service the Royal Marines Charity.